Freelance Writing Business

  • Quick Tip: Look Beyond Your Bubble for Freelance Writing Advice

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 28, 2015
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    Last week Paula Hendrickson wrote a great guest post for Lori Widmer's blog on vetting writing experts. This topic is near and dear to my heart because I've had more new writers come to me looking for help after taking horrible advice from pseudo experts than I can count. I feel for those writers. It's easy to get sucked in because some […]
  • Review of The Freelancer Planner

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 15, 2015
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    Not long ago I was contacted by Michelle Nickolaisen, asking if I'd like to review The Freelancer Planner. Of course I said "yes." Planners? Organization? Schedules? She clearly knew the way to this freelancer's heart. Total organization junkie over here. Michelle sent over a review copy of the downloadable version of her planner. This is a six-page .pdf planner (minus the cover […]
  • Quick Tip: Determine Your “Perfect Day”

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 14, 2015
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    Do you know what your "perfect day" looks like? Those are the days when you achieve far more than you might normally expect, where you feel good and rested but still productive. They're the days that don't leave you feeling drained. They're the days that leave you wanting more. I know what my "perfect day" looks like because I've lived […]
  • Quick Tip: Sort and Filter for Easier Email Management

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 30, 2015
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    A frequent productivity complaint of writers is that social media can become a big distraction from their writing. That hasn't been an issue for me recently. But something else has: email. Today is my first day back to work after about a week off. It wasn't planned time off. I simply decided to take some personal time, after clearing up […]
  • A Writers Worth Month Round-up

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 1, 2015
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    Did you miss any of last month's Writers Worth Month posts over on Lori Widmer's Words on the Page blog? No worries. You can find links to all posts in the series below. Check out Lori's site in general. She offers great advice to newer writers all year long. I'm a particular fan of her "This Job, Not That Job" […]
  • Quick Tip: Your Freelance Writer Website is for Clients, Not You

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 19, 2015
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    When a client visits your professional website, are they getting the information they want and need? Are benefits of hiring you, as opposed to your competition, clear? Do they leave with enough information to make a hiring decision, or at least feel inclined to contact you? An effective freelance writer website should do those things. Does yours? I previously announced […]
  • Publication Rights for Freelance Article Writers (Infographic)

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 17, 2015
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    This week's "short share" is an infographic from Brian Scott and FreelanceWriting.com. It presents common examples of publication rights freelance writers might come across while negotiating contracts. This is important information to know. I meet new writers all the time who assume that copyrights automatically transfer to clients simply because they've paid for the end result. That isn't the case. […]
  • Writers’ Worth Month: Content Mill Conversation with Lori Widmer

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 13, 2015
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    Earlier this year, Lori Widmer stopped by the All Indie Writers Podcast to guest co-host an episode on everyday marketing for freelance writers. Our chat ran long, so some segments had to be cut. That included a ten-minute segment about writing for content mills. We also touched on a simple tactic for finding better gigs and leaving mills behind -- […]
  • Reader Question: Turning Past Samples Into New Income Streams

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 11, 2015
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    Last week I received a reader question from Shirley Gazenski. She's in an interesting position -- torn between past samples in three distinct specialty areas. She wanted to know if I had any advice for her, and she agreed to have my feedback posted here in case any other community members find themselves in a similar position. Let's start with […]
  • This Target Market Mistake Could Cost You Money

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 4, 2015
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    Is your marketing helping you reach the best freelance writing prospects? That depends on your target market and how successful you are at reaching members of that group. That's when you simply take any gig that comes along, whether or not you enjoy the work, whether or not you want your name associated with that client, and whether or not […]